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How do we know our protests are effective? [SOUND] Well the thing I think is important for us to understand is that change doesn't happen quickly. Change happens over a long period of time. If we were to even look at The civil rights movement. Most of what we hear are about things like boycotts and lunch counter sit-ins. But we don't hear is that the last period of civil rights really lasted over a span of 40 years. 40 years is how long it took for us to get a voting right to act. Forty years is how long it took for us to desegregate schools and restaurants and other public accommodations. And so when we look at this latest iteration of the movement, we should just be clear that we're four years in. And so we have to be prepared to be a part of a long struggle. At the same time, we could do a lot of different things to win important victories along the way. One of the things you mentioned, at the top of the show, which is making sure that you're in touch with your legislators and people who are making decisions on your behalf or currently under an administration That has blatantly said that they are deprioritizing accountability for police officers like this one who murdered a 15 year old in cold blood. And so we need to make sure, there's pressure being put. On Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and on the Trump administration to make sure that each and every person's life in this country is protected, upheld, and valued. [BLANK_AUDIO]

A Minnesota jury on Friday declined to convict the officer who fatally shot Philando Castile as his girlfriend streamed the incident on Facebook Live last July.

In addition to evading charges for second-degree manslaughter, Officer Jeronimo Yanez was also acquitted of two felony counts of dangerous discharge of a firearm. Diamond Reynolds, Castile’s girlfriend, and her 4-year-old daughter were in the car when Yanez fired into the vehicle.

Castile’s death, which came during a summer of highly-publicized police killings, sparked nationwide protests due to the brutal broadcast of him dying, which was captured on the popular social media platform. Yanez, who pulled Castile and Reynolds over for a broken tail light, testified that he feared for his life during the interaction. During the trial, Yanez’s partner — Joseph Kauser — also took the stand, admitting that the officer believed Castile resembled a robbery suspect. Days after the elementary school cafeteria worker was killed, disturbing audio recording of a police scanner revealed that he may have been stopped for that very reason.

“The driver looks more like one of our suspects, just ‘cause of the wide-set nose,” the officer on the recording can be heard saying.

Yanez testified that his fear stemmed from learning Castile had a gun. Castile had a license to carry and informed the officer he had a gun permit, just before he was shot to death.

The jury came to the decision not to convict the officer after 29 hours of deliberation.

Reports from the courtroom describe a family distraught about the outcome of the trial. The victim’s mother, Valerie Castile, reportedly left the courtroom upon hearing the verdict.

 

 

According to Fox News 9, this is the first time in Minnesota history that a police officer was charged for fatally shooting a citizen. Sadly, a conviction did not follow in this brutal and disturbing case that further affirms the strained relationship between law enforcement and the Black community.

This is a developing story.

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